On Monday 09/16/2013, several newspapers and websites circulated the answer to a question posed to Sheikh Yasser Brahimi on his homepage "Sawt as-Salaf" around the obligation to participate in groups that work to establish the Khilafah and call for Jihad. The Sheikh replied with the following: "Further; cooperation in righteousness and piety is an obligation. The obligation of engaging in it does not just arise for the sake of the announcement of people they want to establish the Khilafah or jihad or accountability or other lost obligations. Rather the methodology, the work and the means must be correct, in addition to the correct aim and purpose. Many of those who claim to have good intentions directed towards the right purpose are not so!"
What can be understood from the answer is that the participation in a group working to establish the Khilafah is a Shar'i obligation, but the group that shall clear the conscience before Allah has to be investigated. It has to be a group that unites the correct methodology, correct work and correct means. Regardless of the apparent disparity between the Egyptian newspapers in how they grabbed for the news, the text is only a carrier for its content. Therefore we in Hizb ut Tahrir emphasize the following issues:
1. The Khilafah is the system of governance favored by Allah for the Muslims, its obligation is inevitable and it has to be strived for relentlessly! The Muslims have been accommodated under its shadow for centuries, it was truly a protector of the Muslims. Since the Khilafah's abolition in 1924 CE at the hands of the criminal of that era, Mustafa Kemal, Muslims have remained without a shepherd who cares for their affairs, protects their Islam and defends them. We have become like orphans at a banquet of villains, and the Ummah's pride and dignity will not return until the return of the Khilafah on the method of Prophethood and the realization of the tidings of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم.
2. Hizb ut Tahrir has dedicated itself to work for the establishment of an Islamic Khilafah, since it was founded by the honorable Azhar-Scholar Sheikh Taqiuddin an-Nabahani in 1953, traces the steps of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in his establishment of the first Islamic state in Mecca, one step after the other:
In Mecca he صلى الله عليه وسلم founded a block that engaged in intellectual conflict and political struggle in society, and worked to request the Nusra from the people of power and position. Hizb ut Tahrir is following this path, confident of the correctness of its approach pursued and for the work being done. It does not participate in the malicious democratic game to reach to power riding the current corrupt system, just as the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم rejected participation and riding the corrupt system of Mecca. The Hizb does not undertake material actions and does not adopt violence as the way for the establishment of the Khilafah, because the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم refused to do so. Rather it stayed up day and night in the interaction with the Ummah for it to understand Islam as a way of life, that by obligation has to be applied in the Khilafah State, just as the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم did, until the obligation of Khilafah gains public awareness and becomes a demand of the masses that are no longer satisfied with a substitute. Then the idea of the establishment of the Khilafah will sweep the Ummah just as the idea of overthrowing Mubarak swept the street, that they overthrew him in 18 days! The Hizb, following the example of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, also calls upon the people of power in the military to convince them of this project and its obligation, so they may support it and stand by its side, instead of being a barrier that prevents the establishment.
The Hizb in its work relies on Allah alone! It has confidence in His سبحانه وتعالى promise to the Ummah of victory, security and empowerment.
3. We in Hizb ut Tahrir call on all Muslims who have realized the necessity of working to establish a Khilafah, including Sheikh Yasser Brahimi, to engage with us to achieve this great obligation, to receive the greatest reward from Allah سبحانه وتعالى, and to be with those who Allah blessed from the Prophets, Believers and Martyrs and those who are in their best company.
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اسْتَجِيبُواْ لِلَّهِ وَلِلرَّسُولِ إِذَا دَعَاكُم لِمَا يُحْيِيكُمْ وَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَحُولُ بَيْنَ الْمَرْءِ وَقَلْبِهِ وَأَنَّهُ إِلَيْهِ تُحْشَرُونَ
"You who have iman! Respond to Allah and to the Messenger when He calls you to what will bring you to life! Know that Allah intervenes between a man and his heart and that you will be gathered to Him."
Head of the Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir in Wilayah Egypt
Tuesday, 11 Dhul Q'iddah 1434 AH
No: PR 25/13